The final of the KNVB Cup resulted in strikingly different analyzes from both trainers. “It was a deserved victory, a reward for our brave way of playing”, said the winning PSV coach Roger Schmidt. “It seemed as if we were not allowed to win,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.
“Everything was against us. We got the feeling that we were playing against more than eleven players,” Ten Hag continued
PSV won the exciting final battle in the swirling Kuip with 2-1 against Ajax, thanks to two goals just after the break that turned a 1-0 deficit. Two goals by Ajax were disallowed for offside, against one by PSV.
To the dissatisfaction of Ten Hag, who also complained about a penalty kick that was not given, after an alleged offense by Joey Veerman on Dusan Tadic. “We should have been awarded a penalty at 0-0.”
‘Nothing to do with coincidence’
Ten Hag: “Mazraoui then makes the 2-0, but that goal is disallowed again because Tadic was offside at a very early stage. I do not know whether that rule is intended for that. Then Klaassen makes the 2-2, but Brobbey is standing again with half a foot offside. Moments later Tadic hits the post again. It really shouldn’t be.”